Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Otakon 2014!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2014!  This news report covers our trip to Otakon 2014 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland over the weekend of August 8-10, Otakon 2014 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to Otakon 2014 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests of Honor included Linda Ballantyne, Christine Cabanos, Dnte Basco, Peter S. Beagle, Robbie Daymond, Katie Griffin, Kelly Gneiting, Saori Hayami, Jiro Ishii, Shinichiro Kashiwada, Sunao Katabuchi, Carrie Keranen, Yusuke Kozaki, Wendee Lee, Masao Maruyama, Hidenori Matsubara, Erica Mendez, Tony Oliver, Stephanie Sheh, Ray Villard, John Stocker, David Vincent, Yama, and Hiroaki Yura. Big events included concerts by Altima and Yoshiki, annual Otakon Masquerade, Anime Music Videos, Karaoke, and much more. Panels and workshops included Amazingly Obscure Anime, Anime Biology, Anime News Network, Diversity in Anime, Anime Mecha, Anime's Craziest Deaths, Asian Cinema Crash Course, Beyond the Tentacle, Brief History of Anime, CLAMP's Multiverse, Pro-Wrestling Anime, Closet Cosplay, Cosplay in the Media, Crash Course to Yaoi, Digital Coloring and Lettering, Dubs That Time Forgot, Cosplay Fabric Choices, From Anime to Live Action, Ghibli in Love, How to Pilot a Mecha, Import Gaming, Fan Fiction, Japanese PVC Figures, Japanese Whiskey 101, Kimono Formality, Legend of Galactic Heroes, Drawing Manga, Character Design, Lolita Fashions, Mythology of Persona, New Anime for Older Fans, Nintendo: History of Mario, Otakon Talent Show, Gundam Chronology, Philosophy in Video Games, Pokemon vs. Digimon, Ramen: Japanese Soul Food, Touhou Project, Unusual Manga Genres, Visual Novels, Voice Actors After Dark, World War II in Anime, Worst Anime of All Time, and much more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to Otakon saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Kill la Kill, Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Final Fantasy, Magi, Magica Madoka, League of Legends, Dangan Ronpa, Evangelion, RWBY, Vocaloid, Kiriko no Basket, Sword Art Online, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Otakon stock convention archives!
Report: Otakon continues its reign as East Coast's largest anime convention in the summer season. With a slew of great Guests from around the world, concerts, and plenty of unique panels and workshops to attend, Otakon is stilla big draw even with the limited infrastructure it has to work with.

Registration woes dominated most of Thursday and Friday's pre-registration badge pickup and at-con registration. Wifi problems and lack of staffing slowed down the scanning and pickup process. Friday afternoon seemed to have everyone processed for the most part. Press badge pickup was as always fast and easy, with staffers happy to assist in making sure Press members are treated nicely. With only a Saturday to cover (Friday flight was late and Sunday was to cover another convention), I had limited time to cover everything.

Otakon is still one of the biggest and best East Coast conventions to come to for shopping delights. The huge Dealers Hall is a maze to explore and get some nice merchandise. I was able to spot and purchase lots of KPop bags for friends and saw plenty of large booth like AniPlex and CrunchyRoll sign up new members with subscriptions to online anime. Hundreds of booths had plenty of offer: artbooks, posters, plushies, music CDs, wallscrolls, stacks of manga, PVC figurines, cosplay outfits, wigs for cosplay, and much more. Artists Alley was in a different section and still just as nice and big every year.

For a few hours I was able to host the fourth and last Evangelion cockpit experience for Evangelion fans as promised and that went off without a hitch. Lots of Reis and Asukas came to sit in it for pictures and no one bothered me about the size of it or anything, which was really nice. That's what I like about Otakon, you can bring your biggest and best cosplay stuff and as long as you find a decent place to show it without making a fire hazard out of the surrounding area, you're good to go.

My brief visit at Otakon was a pleasure as always and I look forward to next year's big otaku celebration in 2015.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our Otakon stock convention archives!

Be sure to visit the next Otakon!